$10 Meal: Penne Pasta

$10 meal | italian beans and sausage penne pasta

$10 Meal Penne Pasta with Italian Beans and SausageI love, love, love simple pasta meals.  If you have a box of pasta in your pantry, the dinner possibilities really are endless.  I came up with this easy meal one night when I was throwing together a last minute dinner with stuff we had on hand.  It turned out to be a big hit!  The best part is that you can make it for under $10.  It makes a ton of pasta, and our family of 3 can make two meals out of it.  $5 for each dinner?  I’m all about that!  Want to save even more money?  There are almost always coupons for Johnsonville sausage.  Check out coupons.com before heading to the grocery store.

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$10 Meals: Penne Pasta with Italian Beans and Sausage

$10 Meals: Penne Pasta with Italian Beans and Sausage


  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • frozen cut Italian green beans
  • 5 links Italian sausage
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Bruschetta Jack cheese, grated (or any cheese of your choice)
  • grated parmesan


  • Cut sausage links into 1 inch pieces.  In a greased pan, cook the sausage until browned.  While sausage is cooking, boil water and cook pasta. 
  • Grate entire wedge of Bruschetta Jack cheese.  Put half aside to top pasta with.
  • Cook Italian beans according to package directions.
  • Drain pasta, and melt butter directly on noodles.  Add as much parmesan as you desire.  Add half of the grated Bruschetta Jack cheese.
  • Mix sausage and beans into the pasta.
  • Serve topped with freshly grated cheese. 


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